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If you’re new to funding health and aging, ask:
- How can your community help older adults live healthy and active lives for as long as possible?
- What kind of education, prevention, treatment, and support services does your community need to help its older residents?
- Does your community offer older adults opportunities to get involved in health-related advocacy, policy, and volunteer activities?
- Are you interested in models that integrate people of all ages in building a healthy, vital community?
- Make a list of your current grantees and identify those that already serve older adults. You might be funding aging more than you think. Interview these current grantees and discuss how their programs could use older adults as volunteers or workers or broaden their efforts to serve older adults.
- Host a roundtable or discussion with experts in aging and health to find out how your community is meeting the needs of older adults and identify unmet gaps. Ask participants to identify strengths and opportunities in your community.
- Contact your Area Agency on Aging to learn more about older adult health programs in your community.
- Contact national or regional initiatives, highlighted throughout this section, to learn more about models that promote healthy behaviors for individuals and families at all stages of life. Contact Grantmakers In Aging for information and resources.